Erica is studying growth, development rates, and ageing methods in the midget octopus, Octopus huttoni.
|Erica taking measurements of a common octopus|
Erica is currently breeding wild caught midget octopus from Otago and the Foveaux Strait. Once females lay their eggs in a small crevice or tube, they will starve for the entire gestation period (30-80 days) in order to protect the eggs and keep them clean of debris.
|Midget octopus with eggs|
|Midget octopus paralarvae|
|Paralarvae starting to hatch|